Choo-Choo Phase 1
Trip Start Jul 14, 2012
15Trip End Aug 03, 2012
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Today we left Alexandria having spent somewhere north of $80.00 on public transportation (not a dime on cabs). To give perspective, we spent $14 each to go all around Chicago. So the point being made here is that DC is a fine place, just bring lots of cash!
Took 2 Amtrak trains to get here. First, from DC to Philadelphia. Had lunch at Cosi, which they must get on the west coast! Known for their flatbread, so I had a vege sandwich on wheat flatbread with hummus and a creamy tomato soup. Noah had a flatbread pizza with chicken. All absolutely delicious. Next we went from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. That one took over 7 hours, but it really did not feel that bad. We were In business class, so more legroom and free non-alcoholic drinks
The scenery consisted of much greenery passing by at high speeds. Typically, towns plant tall trees lining railroad tracks to cut down on noise and make it easier to live near a train track. Other than Harrisburg, the towns were very small and some quite charming. We would go for a few miles and then there would be a clearing where we saw many very weathered houses. They were typical eastern homes, with porches and wood siding with white paint. It was easy to pick out the center of town by looking for a tower like a City Hall or a big church. Also many abandoned factories, mills, etc. throughout spoke to the hard financial times many of these small communities have been through.
Wish I could have given more photographic examples, but by the time I would see something interesting and reach for the iPad, it was gone. Maybe if I had a professional camera. Okay, who am I kidding? Maybe if I were a professional photographer! ("it's not the camera")
Our hotel here in Pittsburgh is quite nice -- maybe the best so far. Tomorrow we go see the Pirates game and look around for a bit. This really is one of my favorite places (this being a steel town, it might go back to that thing I have for metal) and I plan on regaling you with much history and trivia.